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FAFSA Louisiana

Louisiana ranks first in high school seniors asking for federal dollars to help pay for college

In the last school year, more than three out of four public and private high school seniors — 76.5 percent — have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. The form makes them eligible for a wide range of federal assistance, including Pell grants, work study programs and loans for four-year colleges as well as community and technical schools.

Just a few years ago, Louisiana trailed much of the nation in the number of high school seniors seeking college aid.

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Paid Off

America, 2018: If they win this game show, young people can have their student debt paid off

NEW YORK — Student debt afflicts as many as 44 million Americans, with the average student now carrying $37,000 in loans. The total amount owed in the United States exceeds $1.3 trillion.

Of all the ideas to solve this crisis, a game show might not be at the top of the list. But actor and comedian Michael Torpey figures, what the heck?

Torpey and the cable network TruTV have devised “Paid Off,” a show that offers the elements of a classic trivia game show with a Sallie Mae twist.

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Mobile FAFSA App

Mobile FAFSA App To Launch This Summer

The Office of Federal Student Aid announced plans to launch this summer the beta version of myFAFSA – part of the myStudentAid app – allowing new applicants to submit an application for the 2018-19 school year. That event will be followed by a fall release allowing new and renewing applicants to complete the 2019-20 FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).

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Fixing financial aid

Fixing financial aid

“Overwhelming,” “confusing,” “scary,” “intimidating,” “nerve-wracking,” “embarrassing,” and “miserable.” The college students I met recently sounded like they were describing a horror film or a tough final exam. Instead, they were recounting their struggles navigating America’s financial aid system.

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2017-18 Recipient: Beau Menchaca (Century High School)

A veteran high school counselor in Santa Ana has been selected as the winner of the Arthur S. Marmaduke Award for outstanding achievements in high school counseling. Beau Menchaca has been honored in a ceremony at Century High School, during the Senior Breakfast, for his dedication in encouraging students to pursue their higher education dreams.

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Posted 06-11-18